Monday, March 2, 2009

Chemotherapy or neglect?

Good morning! Well I'm happy to report that the Dungan five survived the weekend. Surprisingly, even with cool weather, the kiddos demanded to spend the majority of their weekend out in the back yard on the trampoline. I guess that could be a reason that Sydney is not feeling so well today. Wow, I am just putting 2 and 2 together. It started yesterday afternoon with a sore throat. I really did not think much of it as I had the same symptoms earlier in the week. In fact, I was really not feeling well at all. Thankfully it was not something too severe and I was able to keep up with my normal work schedule. However, with Sydney showing signs, I imagine that we may have a few sick days in our future. We will just have to see what transpires.

Her sickness could also complicate the fact that she has a dental appointment today for a crown. Ironically, the crown will be on a tooth that is right next to one that could fall out at any moment. I imagine that by the end of the day it is likely that she will have one less tooth and another that has changed from white to silver. The crown will be placed on one of her baby teeth. We are already beginning to see some dental problems. I am curious as to whether this is normal or whether the health of her teeth has been compromised by all of the treatment. Sydney is not the best tooth brusher but I would still not expect this level of deterioration at this point in her life even given her lackadaisical brushing.

I can tell you that the spot on this tooth is on an area that can not be reached with a toothbrush. It is due to the shape of her tooth. This being a baby tooth I don't know what its stage of development was at 2 years of age and, furthermore, I don't know what impact the chemotherapy may or may not have had. I just know that it has some. Believe it or not, this is just an area that I have not spent any time researching. I guess I probably deserve a slap on the hand. What does that say about me. I have always concerned myself much more with beating the disease away than worrying about long term effects. Thank goodness Lynley is around to protect our quality of life.

I guess sometimes I cant see my purpii for my purpose.

1 comment:

Melis said...

I think you missed one obvious point that holds a lot of research back due to research funds being wasted: researchers do not share their information with each other! We can be sure there are many researchers here in the US and abroad that are all doing the same research on the same drugs, knowingly or not.